Archives For TV and Movies

This category is aptly named as it pertains exclusively to television and movies.

For the second year in a row I was invited to help create the digital backdrops for the musical numbers at the Tony Awards. Theater was such a big part of my high school days, so getting to build animations for Broadway’s top acts is a real joy for me.

For those of you who want to keep up with my work, here’s the four pieces I worked on (all hopefully cued up correctly):

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I talk all the time about how we are losing the ability to tell stories. That much is apparently obvious in the overload of fluffed up and meaningless nonsense that hits the screens every week. It’s frustrating when every movie is either a lazily written super hero movie or one that is entirely dependent on the amount of explosions or risqué humor squeezed into it.

However, maybe not all of the blame should be put on the filmmakers. Maybe the audience is truly losing the ability to see and appreciate stories like we once did. Why might this be the case?

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For those of you that know me, this is a radical statement. I love, love, love Doctor Who! However, there is just something about this season that isn’t quite landing for me. Maybe it’s that I miss David Tennant. Maybe it’s because I miss the Ponds. Don’t get me wrong, I like Matt Smith a lot and Clara is pretty awesome, but there is just something about this season that isn’t doing it for me.

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Previously on 10 Animated Shows to Catch on DVD

I talked about five awesome American animated shows that have concluded their television run that you should go find on DVD or Netflix. So far I’ve mentioned Samurai Jack, The Venture Bros., The Justice League, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Megas XLR.

And now the conclusion of our exciting adventure!
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Yeah, I’m an animator. So I’m going to talk about animation, or at least what I like. When I started to think about it, there were a good 40 shows I’d like to talk about, so I’m breaking it down a bit. These are my favorite American produced animated shows that have run their course on TV. If you haven’t seen them, pick them up and watch them. You won’t be disappointed.
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Ever watch a movie where a character dies and it devastates you so completely that it ruins the entire movie for you? It happens to me more than I’d like to admit. I mean, they’re just fictional characters, and fictional characters die every day. Nothing to get upset about, right?! Wrong! If you didn’t get at least a little misty at the deaths of the following 4 characters, then you have no soul. You might want to look into that. Continue Reading…

Ok, I want to begin this post with a disclaimer. I am not trying to offend the fans of My Little Pony or the men who call themselves Bronies. We all have our chosen fandoms, and I judge no one for their choices.

I mean, I’ve been known to visit the Twilight fandom on occasion so I have no place to fault anyone. This post is really about trying to understand what draws people, grown men specifically to My Little Pony. Continue Reading…

Or, as I really wanted to title this: Why would you let a kid watch crappy animated “family” movies that are actually more disturbing because they’re movies imported from Hungary, the Netherlands, and Japan, poorly dubbed, and released straight to VHS?

Growing up in my house, Mom held all the cards as to what movies we bought and were “allowed” to watch. She had a tight rein on what we purchased and hated Hollywood movies. Something about them all being full of Godless sexual deviates, foul language, and subtly socialistic themes.

This was how I ended up watching a strange sub-culture of movies that nobody I knew had heard of. Tell me if any of these movies sound familiar:

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An interesting thing has come to my attention. People have started following writers like they would follow a favorite actor, director, or musician. It makes sense, of course. Writers are the people who create the story, and when you find someone who can be trusted to do that, it makes a person want to watch everything that the writer has written.

It’s about time that people start following the writers. They usually get buried in the back of people’s consciousness. But now, writers have a reputation among the fans. Are writers going to be the new faces of our favorite stories? Will they come out from behind the scenes for their adoring fans?

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Have you ever gone to the theater to watch a movie and there is that one moment where everyone simultaneously has their minds blown? I love those moments. It’s so much fun to watch a film so amazing, or epic, or funny that you all experience that collective shock, fear, anger, or triumph at the same time. It’s sad that it is such a rare thing.

Here is my list of movies in no particular order that have given me that experience. These are moments that do not have the same effect at home as they do in the theater. You have to be there. It’s a moment that connects us as fans in perfect unison. They may not all be great movies but they gave me some of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had in a theater and for that, I thank them!

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

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